Leonor Del Pilar Rodríguez Manso is a Spanish international basketball player for Perfumerías Avenida and the Spanish national team. In 2014 she participated at the 2014 FIBA World Championship winning the silver medal. In 2016 she won the silver medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Río. In 2017 she won the gold medal in the EuroBasket Women 2017 in Prague.
She started playing basketball as a junior in CB Islas Canarias in her native Canary Islands, playing in the Spanish top tier league in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. At 18 she moved abroad to play in the NCAA for the Florida State Seminoles, averaging 14.9 PPG in her last year. Back in Europe, she signed for one of the Spanish top teams, Perfumerías Avenida, winning one Spanish League and two Cups in three seasons. She spent one season at Uni Girona CB before signing for Polish team Wisła Can-Pack Kraków in 2017. In 2019 she transferred to Turkish team Çukurova Basketbol and the following season she returned to Spain to win the 2021 Spanish League with Perfumerías Avenida.
She started playing with Spain’s youth teams at fifteen, winning a total of six medals from 2006 to 2011. She made her debut with the senior team in 2014, when she was 22 years old. Up to 2021, she had 97 caps with 4.2 PPG, participating in two Olympic Games, one World Championship and two European Championships.
Medals: Representing Spain
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Turkey
Gold medal – first place 2017 Czech Republic
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Leo Rodriguez an exceptionally talented Spanish Olympic Silver Medalist Basketball Player Skier here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, skin care, hair care and her success story.
You were born in Las Palmas, Spain. You started playing basketball as a junior in CB Islas Canarias in your native Canary Islands and playing in the Spanish top tier league in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. At seventeen years of age, you moved abroad to play in the NCAA for the Florida State Seminoles, averaging 14.9 PPG in that year. Back in Europe, you signed for one of the Spanish top teams, Perfumerías Avenida. Later this propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a leading women basketball player. Tell us more about this journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
I feel very lucky to have been able to play this sport for so many years. Because of it I’ve been able to advance my education, learn new languages, travel the world, meet new wonderful people, live in other countries, and surround myself with different cultures.
Obviously there have been times with ups and downs. I’ve felt homesick and misunderstood. However, I am the woman I am today because of the lessons I’ve learned through those times. In challenging moments, I always rely on my family. I have two amazing role models as parents, two older sisters, and a twin brother. Their support and love have always been unconditional. I’ve won the lottery in that sense. Thanks to basketball I’ve grown a lot not only as player, but most importantly, as a person.
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